Glass shower screens are what make the shower enclosure such a striking part of the overall design of the bathroom suite. They can also be a major source of frustration because a dirty or streaked screen can quickly make the whole room look run down. The bathroom has a high level of moisture in it at all times. Glass can quickly take on a higher temperature and then rapidly cool down, which can pull minerals from the moisture in the air and leave them on the surface. Damp glass is also an ideal breeding ground for mould and bacteria. Keeping your shower screens gleaming is not just about looks, it is about your health as well.
Tip #1: Get the Water Off
Getting in the habit of squeegeeing off shower screens as soon as your shower is done is the most important step to keeping them clean. A simple rubber squeegee will do the trick. Your best bet is to get a small plastic or rubber hook that can be affixed inside the closure so the squeegee is in sight and on hand as a reminder to perform this simple task. The less time water spends on the glass, the less chance there is of the minerals in the water leaving streaks on the screen.
Tip #2: Dry the Screen Quickly
Once the excess moisture has been removed from the glass, it’s time to completely dry off the residue. A cloth towel is not the best idea, neither is a paper one or even newspaper. Your best bet is a large dry sponge. Sponges can hold more moisture internally then a towel so you won’t be rubbing more water on when you think you are drying it off. Here is an important thing to remember – sponges are one of the worst causes of mould and bacteria in a house. Regularly replace the sponge for a new one or, if you have a dishwasher, run the sponge through the wash at least once a week. The high heat of the wash will kill any bacteria that may be growing inside it.
Tip #3: Disinfect
Whilst many cleaners designed for shower screens will emphasise their ability to remove lingering soap scum, you should be looking for one that highlights its ability to disinfect surfaces. Mould and bacteria can quickly grow on the surface of the screen and it is not enough to just wipe the glass, which only moves the bacteria across a wider expanse. Use a cleaner that disinfects or make your own. Mix one part white vinegar to three parts water to make a simple cleaning solution. In a pinch you can use vodka instead of the vinegar – just make sure to air the room out before guests arrive!
Tip #4: Reduce Humidity
The humidity in a bathroom is at higher level than any other room in the house and that is one of the main reasons these rooms are prone to mould. Use a towel rail radiator or another low and steady heat source to reduce the humidity and protect your shower screen.